Tata Harrier Automatic to likely have a 6-speed AMT transmission.
Launched in January 2019, Tata Harrier created quite a stir among the Indian market and is a great rival to Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass. It was launched in a 6-speed manual transmission but to cope up with the competition, an automatic version for the same could also be launched later this year.
The mule test of Tata Harrier automatic spied sported wheel caps which means we can see automatic transmission at the lower trim too. The chances are that a 6-speed AMT will make its way for the premium SUV likely. Earlier, a 7-speed torque converter unit from Hyundai has to be sourced but there are no new reports regarding that.
Speculations suggest that Tata Harrier Automatic is likely to continue with the same 2.0-litre FCA sourced engine. However, the power output will increase to 170 bhp while torque remaining stagnant at 350 Nm. The new engine will be BS-VI compliance and the current line-up of Tata Harrier will also be upgraded to new emission norms.
Tata Harrier currently comes in 140 bhp state of tune which will likely phase out from the production. If that happens it may disappoint the people who have already bought the Harrier.
It is speculated that Tata may continue with the 140 bhp with 6-speed manual gearbox to the lower variants of the SUV while the higher trim will see 170 bhp tuned engine mated to both manual and automatic transmission.
Tata Harrier is a feature equipped car and is based on the Impact 2.0 design philosophy which follows a split headlight design. The SUV also gets a floating touchscreen infotainment system equpped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Push button start, automatic climate control, rain sensing wipers, keyless entry, cruise control are some of the features that car possess. The SUV also gets equipped with 9 JBL speakers to give a better sound experience.
Safety features include six airbags with ABS and EBD, reverse parking camera with rear parking sensors, ISOFIX seat mounts, hill hold control and hill descent control.
Recently, we reported that spy shots of the upcoming Tata Buzzard (7-seater Harrier) was also spotted on Indian roads. The car is likely to be launched later this year with a BS-VI compliance FCA sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine. It will be tuned to 170 bhp with 350 Nm of peak torque.
The front fascia of the SUV will be identical to the on-going Harrier but we can expect some changed at the rear tail lights as well as rear bumper. The overall length of the SUV will increase so as to accommodate the third row. However, the wheelbase and width of the car will remain unchanged.
The on-going prices for the Tata Harrier start at Rs 12.71 lakh and go up to Rs 16.37 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The SUV locks horns with Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector and the upcoming Kia Seltos.